North Bay Fires Expose Serious Faults with Sonoma County, State Alert Systems

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A vineyard in Santa Rosa, California, burns on October 11, 2017  (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

As fires consumed the North Bay last fall, it became clear that California’s emergency response system was ill-equipped to handle calamities of such magnitude. KQED has conducted a five month long investigation into what caused the muddled communication and delayed evacuations. We’ll discuss KQED’s findings, shortcomings of current disaster response protocol and potential solutions.  And we’ll hear about a recent California Office of Emergency Services report stating that Sonoma County’s technical alert systems were poorly coordinated and lacked “situational awareness.”

Marisa Lagos
, reporter, KQED's California Politics and Government Desk
Sukey Lewis, reporter, KQED
James Gore, chair of the board of supervisors, Sonoma County
Jason Meek, survivor of the North Bay fires